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Zynga shuffles execs and cuts key figures as new chief shapes company

Zynga staffers just can't seem to catch a break. In a company memo published this week, CEO Don Mattrick revealed some recent management changes.

Buried under praise for the company, Mattrick announced plans to slim out the executive ranks, by moving some people into new leadership positions, while saying goodbye to others.

"We are taking layers out of the executive rank to get senior leaders closer to important product initiatives," he said. "With that in mind, I have asked the leaders to sharpen their focus and properly densify talent to resource teams."

According to the memo, studio leaders now include Steve Chiang, Barry Cottle, Travis Boatman, Tim LeTourneau, Steve Parkis, Mark Skaggs, and Jon Tien, who will now head the various gaming divisions. Tech, live ops, and publishing, meanwhile, are made up of Chief Technology Officer Nick Tornow, Chief Information Officer Dorion Carroll, and Senior Vice President of game publishing Adam Sussman.

These employees, as well as a handful of other company leaders, will report to Mattrick, and together will form the new Zynga executive team, effective immediately.

Not everyone is getting a new parking space, though. As part of the changes, the CEO said, Cadir Lee, Colleen McCreary, and David Ko will be leaving the company.

"Each person has contributed to the growth of Zynga and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cadir Lee for his dedication in the creation of a world class technical organization during his five-year tenure, Colleen for her work with our recruiting and people process over the last four years, and David Ko for the three years that he spent in leading various teams across the organization," Mattrick said in the announcement.

"With the above in place," he continued, "I believe that we will have the best chance to grow, build a world class executive team and culture, establish cadence and really become committed to important priorities and opportunities for our long term success."

This news comes only two months after Zynga reportedly laid off 520 more employees as part of the social media gaming company's structural changes. Then-CEO Mark Pincus said the cuts were aimed at reducing costs and boosting Zynga's slumping business.

According to the company, the layoffs will eventually result in a savings of $70 million to $80 million (£45 million to £51.5 million) in pre-tax annualised cash expenses.

A month later, Mattrick left Microsoft as head of the firm's Xbox division to become Zynga's CEO. In his short time with Zynga, Mattrick said this week that he has "had a chance to interact with a cross section of our employees and [has] been able to get a general sense of the caliber of people working here, the passion for winning and desire to get Zynga back to strong leadership."